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Maple Leafs at Senators preview

Toronto eyes fourth straight victory, best start since 1993-94; Ottawa seeks to end home winless streak

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (6-1-0) at SENATORS (3-1-3)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, CITY, TVA Sports, NHL.TV

 

The Game 

The Toronto Maple Leafs will attempt to win their fourth straight game when they face the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. A victory would give Toronto a 7-1-0 record and its best start since it won eight consecutive games to begin the 1993-94 season, when it started 10-0-0.

The Maple Leafs, who lead the NHL with 34 goals, have outscored opponents 12-6 in their past three games. 

The Senators are winless at home (0-1-3) after a 5-4 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday. 

Goaltender Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa; he's 2-1-3 with a 2.40 goals-against average; goaltender Frederik Andersen, 5-1-0 with a 3.14 GAA, will start for Toronto.

 

Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has 10 points (six goals, four assists) and points in six of seven games this season. He has two game-winning goals.

Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson will play his third game since returning from surgery on his left foot to repair torn tendons June 14. Karlsson had three assists and played 27:08 against the Devils; he played 22:25 in his first game Tuesday, a 3-0 loss against the Vancouver Canucks.

 

They said it

"[The Senators] live off their neutral zone forecheck and breaking out quick and transition. So you can't feed their transition. Whatever you want to call that, you can't do it." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock

"We've had some good games here at home, but we've just let it slip, a couple of two-goal leads going into third periods. Letting other teams come back is something we need to improve on." -- Senators forward Mike Hoffman

 

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown

Matt Martin -- Dominic Moore -- Mitchell Marner

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Eric Fehr, Josh Leivo, Calle Rosen

Injured: None

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Alexandre Burrows

Bobby Ryan -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Nate Thompson -- Logan Brown -- Christopher DiDomenico

Johnny Oduya -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: None

Injured: Colin White (left wrist), Ben Harpur (shoulder), Mark Borowiecki (upper body), Zack Smith (upper body)

 

Status report

Smith, injured against the Devils on Thursday, is expected to miss about a week … DiDomenico was recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Friday.

 

Stat pack

The Maple Leafs have the third-ranked power play in the NHL at 30 percent. … The Senators' penalty-killers are ranked second at 95.2 percent. … Kadri has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Turris has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past five games.

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